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Primary school program

The MWF Schools program is here.

Primary schools will meet four of Australia’s most exciting authors and illustrators. Hosted by Ingrid Laguna.

Book tickets for your students by filling out the online form:

Booking Form

Read For Your Life!

Event One | 10–10.45am

Close-up colour photograph of Ursula Dubosarsky. She is smiling, facing forward and wearing a colourful print shirt. The background is blurred.

Have you ever fought a dragon? Or saved a whole forest from certain destruction? When was the last time you solved the biggest mystery ever? Chances are it was when you last read a book!

In this event, celebrated author of Pierre's Not There and Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky, reveals why reading is such a radical act—one that summons our courage, intelligence and curiosity, and equips us with the imagination to tackle the world’s challenges head-on.

Meet Kirli Saunders

Event Two | 10.45–11.30am

Close-up colour photograph of Kirli Saunders. Kirli is smiling, facing forward and wearing black drop earrings. The background is a blurred plant.

Kirli Saunders is many things—a proud Gunai woman, a teacher, an artist and the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year. She’s also the award-winning writer of novels, poetry and plays, and her latest book Bindi , written in both Gundungurra and English verse, is a remarkable tribute to family, friends, Country and creativity.

Follow Saunders as she shares her creative process and lets you in on how to tell your own stories through art and writing.

Peter Carnavas: My Brother Ben

Event Three | 12.30–1.15pm

Close-up colour photograph of Peter Carnavas who is similing, facing forward and wearing a cap. There's a pale brick wall in the background.

The relationship you have with your siblings can be fun, challenging, rewarding or infuriating—or sometimes all those things at once! Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Peter Carnavas explores these powerful family bonds in his latest book, My Brother Ben .

In this event, Carnavas opens up about writing resilient characters, exploring family dynamics, and what it takes to be a writer; plus, see him create an illustration before your eyes!

Shockingly Good Stories

Event Four | 1.15–2pm

Close-up colour photograph of RA Spratt. RA is smiling, facing forward and wearing rectangle spectacles. There is grey wooden panelling wall in the background.

RA Spratt knows a thing or two about storytelling—not only is she a performer, podcast host and television writer, she’s also the prolific author of the riveting Nanny Piggins books, the Friday Barnes mysteries and the Peski Kids series.

Her latest book Shockingly Good Stories  gathers together tales designed to spread laughs, smiles and silliness. Be prepared for high-energy, action-packed, laugh-out-loud fun as Spratt uses her latest work to lift the lid on what makes a great story.